Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Unrelated note

I look more and more like my mom every day and every year. I think we even have freckles in the same places on our faces.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Another Way To Do the Impossible: Scale Back

A mentor of mine told me a story about how he built the house of his dreams.

He hired an architect. He said there was no financial limitation, and these were the things he wanted. Then he got the cost. Obviously, it was beyond his means, but it made him reconsider the value in these things he'd requested.


He ended up with the house of his dreams, after all, and he could afford it.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

104 emails about donuts

All from the last two days. I think it's time to get back to the donut business.

See you 'round.

Like a donut.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Making a list, checking it twice.

Okay, just to state the obvious, I KNOW IT'S NOT CHRISTMAS TIME ANYMORE but that phrase just seemed appropriate. The next couple of days I'm not letting myself add or subtract anything from my business proposal. All I can do is refine my points and make sure they're ordered properly when I talk about them this week.

Office Assistant and I crunching numbers.

Currently, I'm making sure all of my math is correct. Because that would be embarrassing. But I've seen that happen in presentations! I will not be this person.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Do You Need Some More Soap?

Hi, here's an interview with Tony Hsieh of Zappos.com in a bathtub.

This is SO AWKWARD but it's really informative and thought-provoking, I promise.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Girl Crush

Today I'm combing TED.com to find presenters whose styles I like, and to get a sense of the arcs and flows of their speeches. How do they incorporate images? Is it overdone? Does it support what they have to say?

I found a couple that were cringe-worthy. The speakers were no doubt brilliant, but the images were not necessarily memorable, and there were plenty of "um's." Super distracting. Images should support the flow of your story, and they should be like memorable landmarks throughout the entire run.

Why am I so obsessed with the presentation? Because I know that how well I can state my points, how well I can speak about this, and how confident I appear can determine how far I can push my idea.

And here is someone who I think only relied on the minimal, necessary amount of images, and I still hung on to every word she had to say. She speaks like herself, not a newscaster, and yet her delivery is clear and strong. Not to mention, she's got awesome hair and is clearly incredibly smart.

I've never been good at speaking in a fake voice. I know I'm going to have to sound like me when I present, and sometimes I wish that weren't the case. I wish I could naturally sound like Connie Chung or maybe someone on Good Morning America (okay, that's pushing it), but that's not me. What is fascinating here is how Ariel is being completely transparent about who she is, and she's selling her points. It's hard not to be rapt by what someone is saying when their genuine, un-refined spirit comes directly through. This is what I'll be emulating.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Giving up the Baby

This week is one of the toughest weeks for me in regard to this project. It's the last week before the deadline, but it's not that I'm rushing to get everything done. I often am finished (or more or less ready with a very rough draft) well ahead of the deadline. It's that this time when I want to refine and perfect my presentation of the project is also a very dangerous time, because it's easy to start doubting what I'm doing (hello, Lizard Brain!) and to want to redo certain key aspects.

Sure, some refinement is fine (like completely deleting one of my potential pricing packages because it frankly was not going to be profitable enough!). But what I learned in my dance choreography training back in the day is that this is the point at which you need to let go and trust the process that brought you to this point.

This is when my Lizard Brain goes into full force. It wakes up, flicks its tongue, and darts its head around to find anything it can call stupid, useless, foolish.